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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Legend Quest is an adventure cartoon about a Latino boy and his supernatural friends (ghosts, a shape-shifting animal, and two Mexican candy-sugar skulls) who team up against a nefarious creature god. The story is set in the 19th century and is heavily inspired by Mexican folklore; there's some educational opportunity as well as the possibility of sparking an interest in those who watch. And as for those viewers, count adults among them, as these curious tales of mythical creatures and spirits are great for parents and kids to watch together. There are many uncertain moments featuring monsters of various shapes and sizes who threaten the people in the show. Also expect to hear the likes of "butt," "stupid," "dumb," and "freak." All in all, though, this is a unique addition to tweens' options that ups the diversity among likable young heroes and heroines.
What's the story?
In LEGEND QUEST, Leo San Juan always tried his best to keep hidden the secret that he can communicate with supernatural forces, but when a monster threatens the people in his village, he embraces his ability to save them. That sets off a series of adventures around the world with his team: Don Andres, the eccentric conquistador ghost, the unflappable Teadora, and Alebrije, a shape-shifting, multicolored creature. Together this intrepid group faces off with the likes of the Jersey Devil and a Golem, all to protect the world from the evil intentions of the serpent god Quetzalcoatl and his minions.
Is it any good?
This animated series is a fun standout among tween-geared cartoons, featuring a Latino main character who learns to accept himself even though he's different from everyone else. Leo begins the story in a predicament that's familiar to many kids (and perhaps adults): feeling the need to hide the fact that there's something unusual about him for fear of what others will think. It's only when he comes to accept his uniqueness that he's able to step up for his neighbors and his community and realize his full potential.
That said, Legend Quest's monsters can be pretty scary; the idea that, in many cases, they're out for total human domination or annihilation is heavy as well. Most kids in this show's target audience likely can handle this kind of content, but it's worth checking it out first for more sensitive viewers before giving them the OK. On the upside, rooting the enjoyable show in Mexican folklore is an original concept and could inspire kids' interest in related topics.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about diversity on TV. Kids: Is there much diversity in your favorite shows? Is that factor important to you? Why, or why not?
What inspires Leo to feel differently about the fact that he's different from everyone else? Have you ever felt like the odd one out? Is that necessarily a bad thing, or can it be a positive?
What role do legends fill in modern society? How do they give insight into the past and its people? What can we learn from studying the past?
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